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Apprentices and School Leavers Conference 2019

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

It's back and better than ever. Are you ready to hear from top employers and professionals  as well as learn from their successful apprenticeship programmes?

Discover the benefits of investing in apprentices and getting the right programme in place for your business to ensure talented employees with the right skills are ready to hit the ground running and increase your business' productivity.

Learn best practices and ways of attracting talent from non-university graduates: if top universities won't guarantee the skills your business needs, apprentices may be the right solution for your talent acquisition.

Our speakers will give you the tools to set up and run a successful apprenticeship programme that fits your business needs, as well as show you the impact it will have on your productivity and the positive benefits of offering hands-on experience and career development to young people. 

We will also discover the latest political and educational changes and how it affects the development of your internal programmes.

If you are an in-house HR professional, our event is for you! This conference has been tailor made for HR Managers and Directors, Heads of HR and Talent Management, L&D professionals, Recruiters, Graduate and Apprenticeship programme specialists.

Please note that as this conference is subject to changes to the date, venue, programme and speakers.

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Event Sponsors

Group GTI

Group GTI is the leading early careers business in the UK providing an unrivalled range of products and services to the early careers market, including the leading job boards TARGETjobs.co.uk and TARGETcareers.co.uk, trendence research and TARGETrecruit, the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) business.

We are passionate about early in careers recruitment and fully embedded in the early careers market - and it shows in our results. We bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to our clients’ campaigns, allowing them to recruit the highest calibre talent for their organisations.

Some of our clients outsource their complete early careers recruitment campaigns to us, while others use us to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process such as marketing & attraction, application screening, telephone & video interviewing, candidate management and assessment centre design.



If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks 

Dr Kate Daubney, Head of King’s Careers and Employability, King’s College London

09:45 Planning an emerging talent strategy alongside company People Plans

  • Aligning Apprenticeships into the future people plan and attracting new talent
  • Embedding Learner Pathways into the business
  • The journey – hearing from a current BA Employee now well on their career path

Helen Alkin, Emerging Talent & Resourcing Manager, British Airways

Karen Hewitt, Head of Apprenticeships, British Airways

10:10 Getting engagement right – from first contact to start date

  • How Sky and GTI have partnered to deliver an innovative Apprenticeship engagement strategy
  • Insight events and showcase opportunities
  • The pro-active involvement of parents and teachers
  • Impact – an attraction strategy which has ensured a diverse pipeline of talent

Hannah Harrison, Business Director, GTI

Camilla McBride, Strategic Lead, Early Careers, Sky

Ellis Hogan, Apprenticeship Lead, GTI

10:35 The role of the Employer in Apprenticeships

  • Design and content
  • Quest for quality
  • Impact and end point assessment

Chris Jones, Specialist Advisor Apprenticeships at Ofsted, HMI Further Education and Skills

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Building a programme with strategic intent and breadth

  • Development of a commercial proposition for apprenticships
  • Designing an award winning programme internally
  • Trailblazing on skills qualifications

Guy Kidd, Senior HR Business Partner – People and Organisation, Specsavers

11:55 How apprenticeships are shaping the future of talent in construction

  • Our strategic plan to mitigate the skills crisis
  • Optimising degree apprenticeships
  • The results – from the apprentice viewpoint

Emma Simpson, Early Careers Talent Partner, ISG PLC

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Optimising the potential ROI of your apprenticeship providers

  • Choosing a provider – your selection criteria for success
  • Maximising your levy through your provider
  • Ongoing support – expectations from your provider
  • End point assessment – choosing your organisation and preparation for End Point Assessment

Chris Havard, Apprentice Programme Manager, Electricity North West

Ryan Kennedy, Apprentice Programme Coordinator, Electricity North West

13:55 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

Focus: Understanding the 2019 changes in apprenticeships and the Levy and building successful supplier relationships

14:25 T-Levels – what are they and the role of employers

  • Structure of a T-Level
  • Industry placements
  • Funding and support
  • Timelines

Lauren Hutchinson, T-Levels Employer Readiness Manager, The Education & Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Early Careers Recruitment – Business Strategy vs Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Accepting the need to separate ‘insipriring next generation’ from recruitment
  • Creating team structures
  • Apprenticeship misconceptions and evolution of recruitment strategy
  • Moving to strengths based assessment

Andy Baker, Recruitment Manager – Early Careers Programme, MBDA

15:45 Apprenticeships in the world of insurance: it’s probably not what you’d expect

  • The development of Covéa’s apprenticeship strategy
  • Working with school leavers and building valuable partnerships within local communities
  • Engaging a diverse business with opportunities for everyone

Aaron Jeffries, Apprenticeship Programme Lead, Covéa Insurance

16:10 Question and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


Some of the experts speaking at this event include…

CHAIR –  Dr Kate Daubney, Head of King’s Careers and Employability, King’s College London

Dr Kate Daubney has worked in careers for over 17 years and is Head of King’s Careers & Employability, the careers service of King’s College London. Kate’s client specialisms include postgraduate researchers, post-docs, and globally mobile and mid-career professionals, and since becoming a Head in 2015, she has developed interests in how innovative service provision supports and delivers institutional priorities.

A former academic, Kate has created two key innovations while at King’s: a conceptual framework for extracting employability assets from the taught curriculum, re-imagining the concept of embedded employability; and a careers learning gain framework that helps students understand how careers interactions enable them to progress on their career journey, while generating service delivery impact data.

Chris Havard, Apprentice Programme Manager, Electricity NW

With over 15 year in the Learning and Development arena, specifically in the world of Apprenticeships, Chris currently manages the Apprenticeship Programme to over 80 Apprentices at Electricity North West. Prior to this he managed the Emerging Talent Programme for Graduates and Apprentices at AO.com in areas such as Project Management to IT, Business Analysts to Digital Marketing and Customer Service.

Chris now works within the Engineering sector and the programmes have emphasised the importance of not only developing Apprentices technically but in other areas that have included activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh, residentials, charitable activities, director presentations and site visits to suppliers all while ensuring the business needs are met and the line managers are fully supported.

Key to the success of Apprentice programmes is working with Training Providers and Chris has experience of working both with Training Providers and for them and has a clear knowledge and understanding of the challenges and successes this can bring.

Emma Simpson, Early Careers Partner, ISG plc

Emma Simpson is the Early Careers Talent Partner at ISG plc, her focus is to deliver and manage ISG’s Apprenticeship and Graduate strategies, ensuring the company have a pipeline of bright, capable and driven people to support their vision. She has a real passion for developing talent within the construction industry and her previous roles have seen her involved on projects aimed to change perceptions of the industry and promote the numerous opportunities available for talent development.

Helen Alkin, Emerging Talent Strategy and Resourcing Expert, British Airways

Helen has been actively involved in the Emerging Talent industry for over 12 years. She previously headed up Emerging Talent Programmes at Marks & Spencer plc before joining British Airways in January of 2019 where she heads up the Emerging Talent Attraction and Recruitment function, providing a lens on the external student marketplace and using this to help determine and drive the future Emerging Talent strategy for the business.

Helen also sits on a number of Advisory Boards and is a current Board Director at the Institute of Student Employers, with a specific accountability for driving the ISE strategy around Apprenticeships forward.

Karen Hewitt, Apprenticeships and Emerging Talent Manager, British Airways

Karen is the Apprenticeships & Emerging Talent Manager for the Leadership & Talent Academy, managing the delivery of Apprenticeship programmes for British Airways. She is leading and implementing the apprenticeship levy strategy across the parent company – International Airlines Group (IAG), made up of 15 operating companies.

Karen started her career as an apprentice with British Airways, and has 30 years of operational airline experience, people management and learning & development expertise. She has a proven track record in delivering award winning apprentices and apprenticeship programmes and is a founding member of the London Apprenticeship Ambassador Network since its launch in 2012.

Dr Chris Jones, Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Chris Jones is a Her Majesty’s Inspector and is Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships. He is a qualified teacher, has a master’s degree in special education leadership, and a doctorate in continuing professional development and the pedagogy of ICT. Prior to working for Ofsted, he taught in schools, colleges, and was a programme area leader in secondary and further initial teacher education. He worked as a senior regional adviser in school improvement. He has also had responsibility for curriculum, quality improvement and apprenticeships in work-based learning for an independent learning provider.

Lauren Hutchinson, T-Levels Employer Readiness, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Andy Baker, Recruitment Manager – Early Careers Programme, MBDA

Having started his career as an engineer with British Aerospace (now MBDA UK) Andy has enjoyed a career in recruitment for 24 years across a number of engineering and technology sectors. For the last 10 years this has been focused towards the defence industry with MBDA UK that includes working as Programme Manager for the Managed Service Provision responsible for the recruitment of contingent workers.

Since 2016 Andy has worked as the HR Manager – Early Careers Recruitment with MBDA overseeing the attraction, talent pipeline and recruitment of graduates, undergraduates and apprentices across the UK business. Andy’s team also have responsibility in inspiring the next generation and play an active part in encouraging students across schools (primary and secondary), in undertaking an exciting career in engineering or business through a number of outreach programmes and activities.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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